Senior Writer, Executive Communications

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Natural Resources Defense Council

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Washington, DC, United States

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30+ days ago

NRDC is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization. We use law, science, and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure the rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our people helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act and many of the implementing regulations. Today, our team of more than 700 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy advocates, communications experts, and others work across the United States and the globe from our offices in Bozeman, Montana; Chicago; New York; San Francisco; Santa Monica; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing.

NRDC is seeking a Senior Writer, Executive Communications to work in the Communications department in our Washington, D.C. office.

Position Summary

NRDC is seeking a Senior Writer, Executive Communications to support the President and CEO in our Washington, D.C. office. This position will be part of our dynamic Communications team, work directly with the President and Chief of Staff and Strategy, and collaborate across the organization to strategize, develop and distribute communications from the President. The Senior Writer, Executive Communications plays a critical role in helping the President communicate with internal and external stakeholders to advance NRDC’s strategic initiatives and thought leadership. The successful candidate will be able to navigate a myriad of topics and translate complicated material into clear, concise and strategic messages for various audiences and purposes, threading together institutional messaging and the President’s own voice. Key products include, but are not limited to, written and verbal communications for the board of directors, donors and staff, social media content, talking points, presentations, video scripts, briefing materials, remarks, commentary pieces, and other assets representing the President’s voice, as directed.

This person will report to the Director of Executive Communications and Institutional Messaging, with a dotted line to the President and the Chief of Staff and Strategy.

  • Work closely with the President, President’s Office and Communications team to design a strategic approach to crafting, maximizing, and refining the President’s voice for multiple stakeholder audiences.
  • Draft, edit and review written and verbal correspondence and advocacy messaging products for the President to ensure accuracy, clarity, and consistency with the President’s voice and institutional messaging, adhering to protocols for editing and review process. This includes but is not limited to:
    • Serving as point person for drafting and/or editing communications for board, donors and staff, as well as talking points and remarks for internal and external presentations (i.e. staff meetings, board meetings, member webinars, public events).
    • Serving as primary social media writer for the President, including proactively mining the President’s calendar, NRDC’s work and news coverage for timely content and translating that into his personal voice.
    • Preparing briefing materials and remarks for external speaking engagements, as needed.
    • Drafting and editing op-eds and blogs, as needed.
    • Managing products through the review process, working with scientists, lawyers, advocacy staff, and other experts to ensure accuracy in materials.
  • Independently problem-solve and generate ideas for a variety of internal and external communications materials, and conduct research to gather necessary background information. This requires:
    • Capturing ideas and content from regular interactions with the President, President’s Office and Communications teams.
    • Translating key leadership activities into multiple types of communications products for distinct audiences.
    • Maintaining relationships and consulting with NRDC colleagues and experts in other parts of the institution (i.e. program, advocacy, development).
    • Staying on top of priority areas of work within the institution, as well as news coverage of environmental issues.
  • Maintain informal guide for the President’s correspondence style.
  • Travel with the president, as needed.
  • Special projects as assigned.
  • Commitment to NRDC’s mission and values
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, writing, English, or related field
  • Eight (8) years of experience as a speechwriter for non-profit, government, industry, higher education, public figures or other related experience
  • In lieu of a degree, consideration will be given to an equivalent combination of related education and required work experience
  • Proven ability to learn and authentically write in another person’s voice
  • Exceptional writing, editing and storytelling skills, with the ability to help shape and translate complicated, nuanced communication on a range of issues and for a variety of audiences
  • Ability to deliver products that engage, excite, and motivate audiences
  • Proven ability to plan, juggle, prioritize, and execute communication products for a complex calendar of engagements, delivering written products well in advance of events or opportunities
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and deliver strong written products on short deadline when needed
  • Ability to work independently and use strategic judgment in decision-making, including setting and managing priorities and meeting competing deadlines
  • Prior experience conducting research and interviews to identify and develop content
  • Familiarity with and/or experience working on climate change advocacy and other environmental issues
  • Strong proofreading/copy editing skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Creative problem-solving and collaboration skills
  • Sound judgment and ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Comfortable with accepting feedback and adapting to deliver the desired product
  • Proficiency in word processing and MS PowerPoint
  • Team-player, collegial attitude
  • Writing samples required
NRDC is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in our work and in our workplace. We believe that celebrating and actively welcoming diverse voices and perspectives is essential to solving the planet's most pressing environmental problems, and we encourage applications from candidates whose identities have been historically under-represented in the environmental movement.

We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

We offer competitive salaries,
excellent benefits , and a supportive working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and is commensurate with skills and experience. For this position, the salary is $90,000 to $105,000. Internal equity considerations will be reviewed before making a final offer.

Since March 2020, NRDC’s offices have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You will be associated with one of our offices, but until circumstances allow us to re-open, we will continue to support NRDCers with remote working arrangements.

As a science-based organization, NRDC aims to do our part to help contain the COVID-19 public health crisis. For the sake of health, safety, and equity, we ask that people be vaccinated unless they have an approved medical or religious accommodation or other exemption in accordance with state and local law. We consider a person to be vaccinated two weeks after receiving one full course of a CDC-approved vaccine. In accordance with state or local law, new hires will be asked to attest to vaccination, those wishing to do so may request medical or religious accommodations or other exemptions via NRDC Employee Relations. NRDC treats all vaccine-related data confidentially, in keeping with local, state, and federal laws.

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